Brighton and Hove dubbed south coast's Hollywood

Hooray for south coast's Hollywood

Hooray for south coast's Hollywood

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It’s lights, camera, action for Brighton and Hove which has been deemed ‘film friendly’ and become a little Hollywood on the south coast.

Yesterday Brighton and Hove City Council signed Creative England’s Film Friendly Charter meaning the city is now recognised as a hub for the movie industry.

Creative England is an organisation that invests in the creative arts and it hopes the Film Friendly Charter will attract film crews to the city.

 


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Councillor Bill Randall, who signed the charter, said: “A great deal of work goes on behind the scenes by the council to encourage filming and it is very good news we are to be officially recognised as a Film Friendly City.

“It lets the industry know we welcome filming here, helps to showcase the wealth of creative talent we have working here and, most importantly, helps to boost the local economy.

“There is so much going on in Brighton and Hove in relation to cinema and filming and we want to celebrate and build on that.”

Brighton and Hove was one of the birthplaces of the British film industry with numerous pioneers living and working in the city during the golden age of silent cinema.

Pioneers such as George Albert Smith, James Williamson, Alfred Darling and Charles Urban were all making, producing and distributing films made in Brighton and hove through the late 19th and early 20th century.

Smith built one of the earliest British film studios in St Ann’s Well Gardens, Hove, where he invented the first commercially successful colour film technique, Kinemacolor.

Brighton had its first starring role in sound in 1947’s Brighton Rock and starred in remake of the same name in 2010.

The city is also well known as the setting for the classic mod movie Quadrophenia based on a rock opera of the same name by The Who.

Rebecca Snook, production liaison manager at Creative England, said: “We have been working closely with Brighton and Hove City Council to promote the city as a fantastic place to film.

“Not only through sourcing exciting film locations but also supporting crew and facility companies via our networking evenings.

“The partnership will help ensure that the industry has a smooth and efficient filming experience in Brighton and Hove and encourage more film and TV productions to come back for more.”

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10:34am Thu 10 Apr 14

pachallis says...

I just hope this works and actually encourages film makers to come to the city. I do query how Bill Randall just signing a piece of paper and the promise of 'networking evenings' actually helps us?

I just can't work out why any film producer would want to use the modern city as a backdrop? There may be history of film-making, but that doesn't help the present.

I'll be very interested to see what 'Creative England' come up with in their marketing for the city.
I just hope this works and actually encourages film makers to come to the city. I do query how Bill Randall just signing a piece of paper and the promise of 'networking evenings' actually helps us? I just can't work out why any film producer would want to use the modern city as a backdrop? There may be history of film-making, but that doesn't help the present. I'll be very interested to see what 'Creative England' come up with in their marketing for the city. pachallis
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11:37am Thu 10 Apr 14

John Steed says...

brighton needs all the income its needs, it will not be long before the council workout the i-tower project will not attract anywhere near the claimed 850.000 people to brighton, in fact one wonders if taken on its own it would attract 8,500 people per year to brighton., still a green city council and its taxpayers money are easily parted out of £30 million,
brighton needs all the income its needs, it will not be long before the council workout the i-tower project will not attract anywhere near the claimed 850.000 people to brighton, in fact one wonders if taken on its own it would attract 8,500 people per year to brighton., still a green city council and its taxpayers money are easily parted out of £30 million, John Steed
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12:30pm Thu 10 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

The movies which could be made in Brighton and Hove would be CARRY ON remakes.... I'll let the rest of you to come up some ideal tittles
The movies which could be made in Brighton and Hove would be CARRY ON remakes.... I'll let the rest of you to come up some ideal tittles TIMBURRY
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1:17pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

"Brighton had its first starring role in sound in 1947’s Brighton Rock and starred in remake of the same name in 2010.

The city is also well known as the setting for the classic mod movie Quadrophenia based on a rock opera of the same name by The Who."

Surely the REMAKE of 'Brighton Rock' was actually mostly shot in Eastbourne because much of Brighton had been redeveloped. And more recently Worthing Pier doubled for Brighton because Brighton Pier 'didn't look right.'

And while some scenes in Quadrophenia are certainly set and shot in Brighton, such as the beach riot and the alleyway scene between Lesley Ash and Phil Daniels- although whether the City would care to be remembered as the setting for a film about a gang riot and a knee-trembler is debatable- most of the film was set in East London and even more was shot elsewhere.
"Brighton had its first starring role in sound in 1947’s Brighton Rock and starred in remake of the same name in 2010. The city is also well known as the setting for the classic mod movie Quadrophenia based on a rock opera of the same name by The Who." Surely the REMAKE of 'Brighton Rock' was actually mostly shot in Eastbourne because much of Brighton had been redeveloped. And more recently Worthing Pier doubled for Brighton because Brighton Pier 'didn't look right.' And while some scenes in Quadrophenia are certainly set and shot in Brighton, such as the beach riot and the alleyway scene between Lesley Ash and Phil Daniels- although whether the City would care to be remembered as the setting for a film about a gang riot and a knee-trembler is debatable- most of the film was set in East London and even more was shot elsewhere. Goldenwight
  • Score: 4

1:20pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Goldenwight says...

TIMBURRY wrote:
The movies which could be made in Brighton and Hove would be CARRY ON remakes.... I'll let the rest of you to come up some ideal tittles
Kitcat could have a starring role in "Carry On waste that Council Tax" perhaps? Or alternatively Chris Rea might be persuaded to base a musical on his song "The Road to Hell" which would fit quite nicely with some council policies...
[quote][p][bold]TIMBURRY[/bold] wrote: The movies which could be made in Brighton and Hove would be CARRY ON remakes.... I'll let the rest of you to come up some ideal tittles[/p][/quote]Kitcat could have a starring role in "Carry On waste that Council Tax" perhaps? Or alternatively Chris Rea might be persuaded to base a musical on his song "The Road to Hell" which would fit quite nicely with some council policies... Goldenwight
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4:59pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Fairfax Aches says...

I would like to "deem" some things also, there's just not enough deeming going on these day.
I would like to "deem" some things also, there's just not enough deeming going on these day. Fairfax Aches
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7:19pm Thu 10 Apr 14

BlackRocker says...

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http://www.brightonf ilm.com/films_made_i n_brighton_sound_2.h tm BlackRocker
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